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Marine Repair Schools with Program and Course Summaries

Marine repair technicians often work in marinas, repairing and servicing water vehicles. There are several schools offering marine repair programs in the United States. Students should look at areas of study, hands-on experience and facilities when selecting a marine repair school.

Marine repair programs are available at 2-year colleges. Programs are often available at the diploma, certificate and associate's degree levels.

Schools with Marine Repair Programs

These schools offer undergraduate marine repair programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY 2-year, Public Associate's $5,202 in-state, $8,082 out-of-state
Honolulu Community College Honolulu, HI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,910 in-state, $7,902 out-of-state
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,200 in-state, $4,700 out-of-state
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,654 in-state, $8,798 out-of-state
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,753 in-state, $8,875 out-of-state
Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA 2-year, Public Certificate $4,488 in-state, $9,432 out-of-state
Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN 2-year, Public Diploma $3,973 in-state, $15,373 out-of-state
Austin Community College Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state
Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever, LA 2-year, Public Diploma, Certificate $3,951 in-state, $7,474 out-of-state
New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI 4-year, Private-not-for-profit Associate's $23,031

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should consider these things when looking for a marine repair technology school:

  • Prospective students should look for schools with clean, up-to-date workrooms. It is also important to find out if students are required to purchase their own tools, or if the school provides access to industry-standard equipment.
  • Schools that are affiliated with local marinas and dealerships may offer additional hands-on opportunities or internships.
  • Some schools offer programs specifically in marine equipment repair, while others include training within broader equipment repair programs. Students can choose between them based on their academic interests and career goals.
  • Students in marine repair programs usually need to be able to lift heavy objects, climb ladders and perform other physical tasks, so they aspiring repair workers should make sure they are in good physical shape before applying to a program.

Certificate and Diploma Programs

Certificate and diploma programs that cover marine repair typically consist of a short series of theoretical and hands-on courses that help students build the skills they need for an entry-level job in the field. Topics of study include engine systems, power generation, internal combustion engines, outboard engines and inboard engines. In some programs, courses are held in the evenings and on weekends in order to accommodate the needs of working professionals. At most schools, they take less than two years to complete.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs in marine repair and closely related fields usually take two years to complete. The curriculum is often similar to that of certificate programs, combining theoretical coursework with practical skills training. However, students must also fulfill general education requirements. A cooperative work experience may also be included in the curriculum.

Prospective marine repair technicians should look for schools that offer a combination of classroom work and hands-on training in a facility with modern equipment and experienced instructors. Students may also look for programs that offer internships for hands-on opportunities.


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